||Gurrya ka Ghar
|Description||Based on Henrik Ibsen´s A Doll´s House.
Opening at Ibsen in South Asia Theatre Festival in Alhamra Hall No. 2 in Lahore on 23 April 2006. Performed at Arts Council Theatre in Karachi 15 - 19 February 2007.
20. november 2009: National Theatre, Shilpakala Academy, International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
4 and 5 December 2012: Delhi Ibsen Festival, New Delhi, India.|
|Venue||Arts Council Theatre, M.r Kyani Road, Karachi, Pakistan|
|First Date||15th February 2007|
|Opening Night||23rd April 2006|
|Last Date||19th February 2007|
|Primary Genre||Theatre - Spoken Word|
|Chao, Mani, ||Mani Chao||Actor||Stage Hand 1|
|Faruqi, Mahvash, ||Mahvash Faruqi||Actor||Tehmina Murad|
|Hasan, Saife, ||Saife Hasan||Actor||Murad|
|Kermani, Sheema, ||Sheema Kermani||Actor||Sakina|
|Meraj, Salim, ||Salim Meraj||Actor||Salim|
|Mundrawala, Asma, ||Asma Mundrawala||Actor||Stage Hand 2|
|Jafri, Anwer, ||Anwer Jafri||Adaptation|
|Jafri, Anwer, ||Anwer Jafri||Assistant Director|
|Mufti, Uns, ||Uns Mufti||Composer|
|Jafri, Anwer, ||Anwer Jafri||Designer|
|Jafri, Anwer, ||Anwer Jafri||Director|
|Jafri, Anwer, ||Anwer Jafri||Lighting Designer|
|Ibsen, Henrik, ||Henrik Ibsen||Playwright|
|Events in same tour|
Although remaining true to the theme and the manner in which the plot unfolds in Henrik Ibsen´s ‘A Doll's House´, Gurrya ka Ghar is more than an adaptation. The difference in moral values of 19th century Europe and those of present day Pakistan necessitated major departures from the original. It is thus, an exercise in ‘contemporising´ a classic play, both in content and form without straying away from Ibsen's ‘naturalism´.
To do away with the scenery and sets, which I considered superfluous, and still remain in the realm of ‘realism´, I opted to present the play in the setting of a ‘rehearsal of a play´. Having arrived at this premise, I made use of all possibilities that came naturally, such as interventions of stage hands, the prologue and the ending after the ‘rehearsal´.|